Child Custody Archives

Florida couple loses custody after leaving child unattended

Courts consider many different factors when determining the custody of a child, and it may surprise you to learn just what types of behavior can affect your chances at remaining involved in your child's life. If it can be proven that you were neglectful of your child or even that you did not actively participate in their lives as much as you could have, then you may not get as much parenting time as you deserve. You may not get any parenting time at all.

Mother violates custody order by taking daughter to Florida

Perhaps the most important part of any child custody agreement is simply sticking to the agreement and avoiding taking the law into your own hands. It may not seem like a serious issue to keep a child longer than scheduled to spend some extra time with your son or daughter, but the law takes these matters very seriously, and there are consequences for failing to obey the agreement.

Florida couple fleeing to keep custody of their children

Earlier in the year, Florida's Department of Children and Families discovered a family in Daytona Beach living in what the agency described as deplorable conditions. The family consisted of a couple and two young children, and it now seems that the family is on the run. Official reports claim that the couple have a history of refusing to cooperate with the agency, which is now seeking custody of the five and four-year-old children.

Infant child in Florida to remain in state custody

When most people hear the phrase child custody, they imagine divorced couples battling over who has primary custody of the child or how many visitation hours the non-custodial parent receives. While this is obviously the most common custody issue, it is not the only type of child custody issue. In some instances, state agencies determine that a parent or guardian is unfit to care for the child or that their care is not in the child's best interests.

Swedish study says joint physical custody better for kids

Florida parents who are divorcing may be interested to learn that a recent study has shown that children who are in joint custody situations tend to be better adjusted than children who spend the majority of their time with one parent. The study appeared on April 27 in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health and was conducted by researchers in Sweden.

Changes to Florida alimony law on the horizon

A bill that would dramatically change how and under what circumstances Florida courts could award alimony as part of a divorce decree is expected to pass both houses of the Florida legislature within the next few months. If signed by Gov. Rick Scott, the reform legislation would go into effect on Oct. 1. Similar reforms were proposed in 2013, but Gov. Scott vetoed that bill due to his concern that it would apply retroactively.

Parental relocation when child custody is involved

When there is a written court order granting responsibility, rights or custody of a child, simple things like parental relocation can quickly become legal issues in the state of Florida. Relocation is defined as the parent with primary rights to the child changing their main residence to another location more than 50 miles away for a period of at least 60 consecutive days.

Making parenting agreements

Florida couples with children who are divorcing may wish to try to reach an agreement about parenting before going to court. Although this is not always possible, sometimes parents are able to work with their attorneys to negotiate a parenting plan outside of court that they then submit to a judge.

Parenting plans in a Florida divorce

If you are currently going through a child custody dispute or a divorce involving children, one of the most important steps you will need to take is completing a parenting plan. Since the laws in Florida governing custody and visitation matters have recently been changed, it is important that you are familiar with these issues.

Procedure when parents miss visitation time

Custodial parents in Florida may wonder what happens if the non-custodial parent does not take the designated parenting time that they are assigned. This can be frustrating for the custodial parent, and as a result, they may return to court and try to get the visitation time modified. However, some experts point out that this may not be in the best interests of the child. Rather than taking steps to increase the separation even more, it is better if the custodial parent is able to work toward solutions that will keep the other parent involved in the child's life.

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